Pope Francis: Apologize for Accusing Victims of Slander

Target: His Holiness Pope Francis

Goal: Demand Pope Francis revoke accusations of ‘slander’ towards sex abuse victims.

Pope Francis has accused clerical sex abuse victims in Chile of ‘slander,’ demanding proof that Bishop Juan Barros has been covering up sex crimes committed by Reverend Fernando Karadima. Just days before this accusation, Francis had sat down and wept with the victims as they opened up about the years of alleged torment they had undergone at Karadima’s hands.

This is not only horrifying in light of the Hollywood sex abuse victims who have only just now found the courage to speak up about their abuse, but to hear a man who has previously supported both immigrant and LGBT rights say such a thing is shocking, shattering his image as a kind and benevolent figure. Additionally, such accusations are why sex abuse victims have remained silent until now; rape culture has deemed the reputation of the abusers more important than the well-being of victims, and the end of such culture has been a slow and steady process.

It is unknown as to why Francis so quickly went from sympathizing with the victims to demanding proof of Barros’s cover-ups, but his words are unwelcome and cruel at a time when victims have had to summon so much courage to speak of their experiences. Sign this petition to demand Pope Francis take back his accusations immediately.


Dear Your Holiness,

Your accusations of slander towards sex abuse victims have shocked and appalled all of Chile. Your sudden swerve from sympathizing with the victims to demanding ‘proof’ that Bishop Barros had been covering the crimes of Reverend Karadima is confusing at best and horrifying at worst, especially given that Karadima is the most notorious pedophile in the country.

In a time when sex abuse victims are finally gathering the courage to come forward and speak about their experiences and their abusers are finally being held accountable for their crimes, accusing victims of slander and demanding proof of what is already well known is taking things many steps backward. You must apologize immediately for your words, and take them back. Sex abuse victims need support now more than ever, especially from those in authority such as yourself. Do not take society back into the dark ages by making victims afraid to speak up again.


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  1. Milton jones says:


  2. who gives anyone the right to call themselves next to a god ,and morons who believe this and agree with this old man ,need re educating,how dare he blame victims ,especially as the members of his cult are the perpetrators.

  3. Gen Agustsson says:

    stop raping them.

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